DOWNTOWN DETROIT BARS AND RESTAURANTS
The Marriott Renaissance Center's restaurant serves a wide-ranging gourmet menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views of the Detroit River and Windsor skyline.
204 Michigan Avenue
Where fine dining meets casual elegance with hickory-topped tables, old-school studded leather chairs and cracked glass dividers. The food is as beautiful as it is delicious. Try a martini made with their homemade sorbet!
As the first of the Coney Island restaurants, American has been feeding Detroit’s craving for Coney dogs and chili cheese fries for almost a century, and with its expanded dining room you never have to wait to get your coney fix.
114 W. Lafayette
A true neighborhood bar & grill that has been a Detroit tradition for decades as the hub for newspaper reporters and sports fans alike. The kitchen is open from 7:00a.m. to 2:00a.m. for an early or a late meal.
450 W Fort St
Another installation by the Andiamo family, this Italian restaurant has one thing all the others don’t: a beautiful view of the river, that makes anything taste better.
400 Renaissance Center
A beautful bright yet warm and rustic interior compliments a sourthern Italian menu. The bar is large enough to suppot the crowds from the ball park across the street and has flat screens for those without tickets. Many local beers on tap.
A great cigar bar in a quaint little triangular turn-of-the-century building.
140 Cadillac Square
The perfect after dinner stop, Astoria has every type of sweet you can imagine from homemade cookies and pies to ice cream and lattes. Even the New York Times recommends stopping at Astoria whenever you’re in Greektown.
A corner bar and a hotel bar all in one. Being located in the heart of Greektown brings a diverse crowd to what regulars call “The A Bar”.
In the Fort-Shelby Hotel and open from 6 a.m. to 10 pm. everyday.
525 W. Lafayette
Partnering with Goodwill Industries, Ben & Jerry’s brings the best in ice cream to Campus Martius Park. One of only a handful of Ben & Jerry scoop shops in the state, it’s open until 11 p.m. during the summer for your late night cravings.
211 W Congress St # 240
Detroit, MI 48226-3294
Mon-Tue,Thu 11am-12am; Wed 11am-3pm; Fri 11am-4am; Sat 9pm-2am; also open Sun
More than a hotel bar, the newly open Big City plans on being known as a great restaurant, a great sports bar and a great place to run into your neighbor.
1020 Washington Blvd.
The new space is fabulous with it's big first floor, cozy VIP loft and rooftop deck. Now with a full (and yummy) lunch and dinner menu, Bookies still has all the drinks you know and love.
2208 Cass Ave.
1777 Third St.
Formerly a place to see authentic belly dancing, Bouzouki now is the most popular spot for another type of dancing.
432 E. Lafayette
The best shwarmas in town and at just about any hour! Slightly hidden at the back of Park Bar, this place will fill the need for really great Romanian food often until the bar closes. Every dish has tons of flavor and most are under $5.
2040 Park Avenue
1431 Times Square
Detroit, MI 48226-1504
Located in the historic Iodent Building, Centaur has a great attitude and a beautiful décor, It’s not only the place to be seen, but its two spacious floors ensure you won’t spill that top shelf martini.
A family-run, family-friendly bar that’s been in business for 50 years. The half-pound Checker burger is a guaranteed hit.
124 Cadillac Square
The best nachos around…and the chili’s not too bad either. A sports bar that makes you feel like you're at the game…partly because you never know which athletes are going to show up with owner Chris Chelios.
47 E. Adams
Goth, industrial, alternative -- call it what you will, but it's edgy, loud and stays open after hours. Look for the unmarked door on the First Street side of the Ramada Inn.
This new Detroit spot in a gorgeously renovated 20’s jazz club has the bartenders, the music and the atmosphere to match its fabulous decor.
THE place to take someone you would like to impress. Located at the top of the 73-story Renaissance Center Coach Insignia has an extensive wine selection and the best chefs in town.
200 Renaissance Center
A true sports bar just steps away from the stadiums. It has plenty of TV’s, fun bartenders, and room to be rowdy.
A beloved hockey bar in the shadow of Cobo Hall and steps away from Joe Louis Arena this place has good food, great bartenders and an attitude that makes you have fun.
422 W. Congress
At Cold Stone Creamery they don’t just serve ice cream…they design it, with your help of course. If you haven’t had the chance to decide what goes into your ice cream and shakes then you’ve never had your favorite ice cream before. On weekends it’s open to 1:00 a.m. so even the late night crowd can enjoy it.
Opening only 1 night a week (Friday) and not advertising hasn't deterred the crowds from showing up. It feels like you're walking into an over-the-top jazz fan's living room that used to be a lunch counter. Best Southern food around!
Good Italian food before a show at the Fox when you don't want to be too far from the theater.
A martini bar, dance club and sports bar all at the same time helps Delux make everyone happy.
The DBC, as locals call it, is part tourist destination, part local hang out. It's a micro-brewery with a warm friendly atmosphere, five delicious beer choices and great American food.
A fun corner bar where you can get a great burger, a cheap beer and a friendly conversation from the bartender.
On the rooftop of the original casino, the deck is a great place to catch some sun on a summer's day or warm up under the glass in the winter. Theme nights include the typical industry, singles and sports and the hard-to-find hooka night.
555 E. Lafayette
A delightful historic art deco building with great diner food and an outdoor patio. Just across the street from Comerica Park, it’s almost as fun as being at the game.
300 E. Adams
Elysium is what you think of when you think of a sophisticated upscale dance club. Located in a gorgeous old bank building, it has four bars, a huge dance floor and plenty of VIP booths.
An elegant wine bar in the First National Building adjacent to Campus Martius. The Vine also offers delectable panini sandwiches, soup, cheeses and chocolates to pair beautifully with your wine selection.
Envy was one of the first clubs in the city, and it’s one of its favorite. With three kinds of music playing on three different floors it always has something for everyone.
234 W. Larned
Where else can you find burgers, alligator, sushi and some the best jazz and funk bands all in the same place. Having the tallest indoor waterfall in the world as a backdrop doesn’t hurt either.
Hear high-quality live R&B and jazz every night from the tiny stage in this longstanding downtown favorite. Classy decor and mouthwatering soul and Cajun cuisine.
731 St. Antoine
In an atmospheric, century-old railroad ticket office, Foran's serves freshly-made sandwiches, salads and entrees using local ingredients and sports a host of Michigan-made draft beers as well as many hard-to-find bottled brands. They carry all the domestics and imports that are ubiquitous. The kitchen is open til midnight on weekends. Owners are always on site.
One of the authentic Greek restaurants in Greektown. Try them all then pick a favorite.
The casino itself has multiple bars and frequently some of the city’s best live music.
555 E. Lafayette
A great lunch spot that’s been providing lawyers with burgers and beer for two generations.
130 Cadillac Square
A new location for the East Side restaurant that has been around forever, they are known for their crab legs that come only from a specific longitude and latitude. It's also a great place to watch the game and enjoy one of their 20 Premium drafts or top shelf scotches.
Motown's version of Hard Rock Café has plenty of local flavor that makes it worth checking out, even if you're not a Hard Rock fan.
A great place when you need to be close to the stadium or the theater. Its full of sports memorabilia and has a rooftop deck that’s great for baseball season.
The only place to find German food downtown this century old establishment has a great beer selection, classic wooden tables and even an upstairs to catch local rock bands on weekends.
Everyone has their favorite coney island and for a lot of people Lafayette’s smaller size gives it a quaintness that sets it apart from its neighbor, American Coney Island.
118 W. Lafayette
One of the best restaurants in Greektown where you can very easily become a regular.
If you don't feel like driving the 3 miles to Mexican Town, Loco will be able to satisfy that Mexican and Tex-Mex craving.
454 E. Lafayette
Luci & Ethel’s
Open 24-hours on the weekend this is the spot to get anything your drunken heart desires.
Plenty of bars and restaurants and some top shelf musicians makes MGM a great bet.
1777 Third St.
The best place to get a steak in Greektown, this spot offers an alternative to mousaka and flaming cheese.
The newest addition to Greektown, Mosiac brings an upscale option to the strip. It's dimly lit dining room allows you to sit back and relax while enjoying a classic piano man.
The famed Motor Bar is back and just as elegant and powerful as its previous incarnation. Motor City Ghettoblaster on tap!!
1114 Washington Blvd.
Conveniently located just off Campus Martius, you can find something hot or cool Monday through Saturdays.
Bigger and better than its first incarnation down the street, New Pathenon now has plenty of room for any occasion.
Nick’s is a place that time forgot…and that’s what’s great about it. It’s a quaint restaurant and bar where the owner frequently offers customers shots of Ouzo for no particular reason. Now boasts and outdoor patio!
441 Grand River
When one restaurant gives you a choice between top-notch pizza and authentic Greek food it is hard to beat. When it gives you that choice at 3:00 a.m. it's impossible to beat.
A Detroit tradition for over 50 years, the Old Shillelagh is THE Irish bar in Detroit. It has great sing-a-long music, a laid-back atmosphere and great beer on tap. Get ready for the rooftop deck!
Just around the corner from all of the hottest clubs, One Fifty stands out as the place to go when you’re not quite ready to get bumped around on the dance floor. It combines an excellent menu with great DJ for a unique experience.
150 W. Jefferson
(entrance on Larned)
Opus One is a Detroit legend that has reigned as the premier downtown restaurant for years. It still holds up to its reputation despite all of the new places trying to steal its glory.
565 E. Larned
If you plan to go for lunch, leave time to wait for a table. Thisi s the most popular Thai restaurant downtown.
The kitchen is now open! Featuring a fusion of Asian cuisine, you can now have a great meal and burn off the calories dancing to your favorite techno artists. Eat 'til 10, drink 'til 2 and dance 'til 4.
Pappy’s brings something different to Greektown with plenty of beer on tap and plenty of games on TV.
An Inside Detroit favorite! As a new beer bar in the midst of martini lounges, the Park Bar has over 20 beers on tap and is already a neighborhood spot. The Bucharest Grill serves the best shwarmas late, late into the night.
Pegasus is one the giants of Greektown. It’s been around forever and has some of the most experienced waiters in town.
THE Pizza Place in Downtown Detroit. However you like your pizza, Pizza Papalis not only can do it, but it will be the best you’ve ever had!
Open 24-hours, breakfast anytime and right across from the Greektown Casino…enough said.
The handwriting (of the customers) is all over the walls and ceiling in this original hole-in-the-wall, cheap-beer- hockey bar that sprouted a chain of more traditional suburban joints.
408 W. Congress
One of Detroit’s newer spots this simple yet sophisticated cocktail lounge has a great environment and an even better martini menu.
150 West Congress Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226-3208
1500 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Iron Chef in the house! Michael Symon's latest restaurant is in the first floor of the newly remodeled Book Cadillac. With steaks and chops and ribs and shanks and even a few fish, everyone will love Roast. The lounge has a large bar and sleek sofa seating at low tables.
1114 Washington Blvd.
The place for sushi and drinks in the re-opened Fort-Shelby Hotel.
525 W. Lafayette
1777 Third St.
Gourmet food, a spectacular view, drink specials and even Karaoke make this more than your average fancy restaurant.
250 Riverfront Dr.
At Small Plates you'll get a creative tapas-style menu ranging from crostini and empanadas to panko shrimp and tenderloin with Gorgonzola sauce, plus sandwiches, salads, chic little pizzas, terrific desserts and a fine bar and wine menu.
Big-name music acts pack 'em in like steaming sardines regularly at cavernous St. Andrew's, while downstairs in the Shelter you'll usually hear DJ-driven electronic music. Fridays, you can move through both clubs for the mainstay 3 Floors of Fun.
431 E. Congress
Located inside the State Theater and across from Comerica Part, the State Bar is great for sports fans and music aficionados alike. Only open on show nights.
313-961-5451 ext. 16
Many people say this is Detroit's best dive bar, but you have to decide for yourself. The owner is a real personality and the beer is some of the cheapest in town.
439 E. Congress
A corner restaurant in a Victorian-era building, it's always jammed with suits during weekday lunch hours. Without a doubt it's the best barbecue ribs and chicken downtown. You must try their wings.
400 E. Congress
Also called Ted’s Place it’s one of the most unique spots in the city. It has a lunch counter that turns into a bar after dark and a snazzy barroom in the back that frequently gets people dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
A great Irish sports bar, complete with pool tables, darts, Golden Tee and lots of flat screens. Although the menu seems like regular bar food, items are fresh and tasty.
XODOS is a popular Greek Dance Club located above the Golden Fleece, but on Mondays The Jazz Loft takes over as home to one of the best jam sessions in the city.
Sort of swanky for a hotel bar and it also has a patio with umbrellas in the tables.
Whether you want a quick lunch, hustle lessons or a stiff drink, The Vu has it all and you don’t even have to leave the convention center.
A funky, friendly pub in an old retail space, with a unique outdoor patio where the front display windows used to be. A 100-inch projection screen TV and drink specials makes it a favorite neighborhood spot and a great place to catch the game.
A Detroit favorite for its laid-back style and fresh seafood and raw bar offerings. Across the street from the RenCen, the rooftop deck is a great spot to have a drink and watch the Jefferson Avenue traffic.
519 E. Jefferson
A casual bar sometimes hosting trendy people behind the Fox Theatre, it has an excellent beer selection and better than average bar menu.
100 W. Montcalm
With its authentic Cuban & Spanish cuisine, great entertainment and friendly atmosphere, Vicente’s mixes flavor, Flemenco and family to perfection.
A pretty hip place for a hotel lobby bar.
Marriott Renaissance Center
Ballroom and Hustle classes, DJs, hip-hop & soul music. Tuesdays sponsored by WJLB. Live music Fridays. Vondie's boasts a large deck for al fresco dancing.
260 Schweizer Place
Coffee shop inside the Westin Book Cadillac. Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. all week long.
1114 Washington Blvd.
Michigan’s only restaurant from renowned chef Wolfgang Puck mixes the glamour of Hollywood with the home style of the Midwest. From Buttermilk Pancakes with Caramelized Apples and Maple Butter to a Grilled Prime Burger with Smoked Onion Marmalade & White Cheddar Wolfgang Puck’s makes your favorites even better. You can dress up and make a night of it or you can just grab an appetizer near the bar, but whatever you do…it’s worth it.
1777 Third St.
The best place for a quick breakfast downtown. The definition of a neighborhood greasy spoon. It has plenty of character…and characters.
Wonderful Thai Cuisine right in the heart of Downtown Detroit.
620 Woodward Avenue
If Detroit has a counterpart to NYC's CBGB's, this is it. Vibe: neighborhood dive with an edge. Live, local, rock, punk, indie, funk -- you-name-it -- bands play here 5-6 nights a week. Creative menu (not your average bar food) available 11 a.m. to midnight. Full bar, good wines, draft and bottled beers--even gluten-free.
Breakfast Specials, Omelets, Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Subs, Burgers, Seafood, Pitas, Etc...
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